A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Posted 5:33 PM by Luigi
My name is Luigi Guarino, and I am Plant Genetic Resources Adviser at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in Suva, Fiji. My job is to assist in the coordination of PAPGREN, the Pacific Agricultural Plant Genetic Resources Network. This weblog will record the activities of PAPGREN.
Plant genetic resources (PGR) are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. The development of a regional network for the conservation and use of agricultural PGR – PAPGREN – will help to improve the management of these valuable resources in the Pacific. By strengthening national programmes and stimulating collaboration among them, it will contribute to the better use of PGR for sustainable development. Network partners recognize that the management and enhancement of PGR have been in the hands of farm families and communities from the beginning of agriculture, and that their efforts must be supported and strengthened. However, they are also committed to complementing these efforts through the long-term maintenance of national and regional ex situ germplasm collections.
The concept of a PGR network in the Pacific was endorsed by the Directors of Agriculture of the PICs in May 2001. A Pacific Agricultural PGR Action Plan was developed by PAPGREN partners at a regional workshop in September 2001 for implementation by national organizations, the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the Agriculture Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). IPGRI has a long history of supporting crop and regional networking in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. SPC maintains a Regional Germplasm Centre in Suva, Fiji, which has an active role in the conservation and exchange of a variety of crops, including taro, yams, sweet potato, bananas and coconuts. IPGRI and SPC are collaborating in supporting network co-ordination.
Organizations currently collaborating with PAPGREN and its members include:
-Pacific Forum Secretariat
-South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
-University of the South Pacific (USP)
-South Pacific Yam Network (SPYN)
-Taro Network for South East Asian and Oceania (TANSAO)
-International Network for Banana and Plantain (INIBAP)
-Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT)
-The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Ltd (Hort+Research)
-Queensland Department of Primary Industry
-Queensland University of Technology
-University of Queensland
-University of Hawaii
-Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)
-World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Financial support for PAPGREN and the implementation of the Pacific Agricultural PGR Action Plan is being provided by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the New Zealand Overseas Development Administration (NZODA).
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